Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical and Paper Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Erika Hrehorova

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Joyce

Third Advisor

Charles Klass

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


Increasing demand for lighter grades of printing grades of paper continue to drive the need for alternative processes, methods and techniques in papermaking. The high cost of high efficiency opacifying pigments makes for a lucrative market in the papermaking pigments and fillers sector. The pressure to reduce costs is creating difficulties for papermakers due to demands for better paper quality. Understanding the science of papermaking is critical in the development of alternative methods and products to attain desired paper properties. With lighter grades, maintaining opacity and strength is vital in the print industry. This paper is about the application of a new pigment initially developed for the paint industry in the production of LWC paper.

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